Questions tagged [baseball]

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How much does it costs teams to insure against player injury?

In 2008, the New York Yankees signed free agent CC Sabathia to a 7 year deal worth $161 million. At the time, Sabathia was coming off winning the Cy Young Award, and was brought in to be the team's ...
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Is there a more complete baseball Leverage table?

I am interested in doing some baseball analysis with Leverage. I found Tom Tango's Leverage table from The Book as well as Baseball-Reference's data pages (e.g., this pitching page). However I ...
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Can you get autographs of the Baseball HOF inductees?

I'll be going to the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in a few days, and would like to understand how they handle autographs. Do the inductees give autographs? For free or for a cost? Or ...
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Three two-run homers in the span of six batters

On June 2 2016 the SF Giants did this against the Atlanta Braves. The 5th innings for SF started as follows: AARON BLAIR PITCHING FOR ATLANTA Blanco walked. 0 0 Bumgarner homered to left center (...
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what happened if the player do not touch home plate?

The batter hits a home run and rounds the bases without touching home plate. His teammates surround and touch him and he takes his helmet off and is halfway to the dugout when the fans and his couch ...
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Is this bat with shiny substance consistent with pine tar legal?

According to the MLB Rules, 3.02(c): The bat handle, for not more than 18 inches from its end, may be covered or treated with any material or substance to improve the grip. Any such material or ...
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Why does the infield arc have a radius of 95 feet?

The dirt on a baseball infield extends out to an arc centered on the lip of the pitching rubber (60' 6" from home) and has a radius of 95'. This makes the distance from home to the very edge of ...
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Is there a name for the combined stats of Balls, Strikes, and Outs, as seen on many displays in baseball?

Baseball fields often have a display of the number of balls, strikes, and outs. Does this group have a name? As far as I can cell, "Count" refers to just balls and strikes and are for individual ...
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What is the largest number of runs scored with one out remaining in an MLB game?

In major league baseball, what is the largest number of runs scored by a team with only one out remaining in the bottom of the last inning? I could find records only for the largest number of runs ...
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Do they use a specific organ to play baseball tunes live in the stadium?

What is the organ that is used to play baseball tunes live in the stadium called? Is there a common brand or model that they prefer for that?
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If a batted ball strikes a runner on the offensive team and is caught before hitting the ground by the defense, is this an out?

If a batted ball strikes a runner on the offensive team (assume that the ball already went by an infielder, nullifying any interference) and is caught before hitting the ground by the defense, is this ...
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How many times has a starting pitcher stuck out all starting hitters?

How many times in the history of the MLB, a starting pitcher stuck out all 9 starting hitters of the opposing team at least once in a game?
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World Baseball Classic Citizenship rules

Why does the world baseball classic have such lax citizenship rules as compared to other international competitions, by allowing anyone who is eligible for citizenship in a country compete for that ...
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Is there a [possible] scenario in which the first run counts but the next one does not?

While brushing up on "third out, run counts" rules and "fourth outs" the following came to my mind: With 1 out could a scenario arise where one runner comes in, run counts, and second runner comes in,...
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What is the fewest number of series lost by a baseball team in a season?

In baseball, a series is 2 or more consecutive games against the same team. For a 3-game series, a team loses that series if they lose 2 or all 3 of the games. For a 4-game series, a team loses that ...
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MLB teams shutout in series

How many times an MLB team has been shutout in every game of a minimum 3 games series, including the playoffs? Please provide the season and the teams in play.
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Why are second and third excluded from balk rule?

Looking up the balk rules in baseball, I came across this line: steps or feints from the rubber to first base without completing the throw Why only first base? Why are second and third excluded ...
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How many players allowed on a high school baseball team?

How many players can you have on a high school baseball team? In middle school last year we were allowed to have 15 players and we did but ended the season with 9.
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What has historically been the effect of a long rain delay on a pitcher's arm?

By "long" delay, I mean an hour or more. On one hand, a pitcher that has pitched two or three innings, and is interrupted by rain gets a chance to rest. On the other hand, perhaps a pitcher has ...
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Multiple hits in an inning by a pitcher

Today against the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg started the third inning with a single and later hit a three-run home run in that same inning. When was the last time a ...
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Base Out State Probabilities by Batting Order Position

I am looking for the number of PA's (Plate Appearances) that occurred in each of the 24 possible base-out states split by batting order position. I am interested especially in the years 2010-2015 in ...
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How would a manager use a starter and reliever differently in an All-Star game?

In a "regular" game, a starter pitches "several" innings while a reliever pitches one or two. But in the All Star game, "all" pitchers pitch only one to two innings. So what has historically been the ...
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Sinkerball pitchers improving during games

There is an adage in baseball that "sinkerball pitchers improve as the game goes", that in particular the sink improves - so sinkerball pitchers tend to give up a lot of fly balls in the ...
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Can a fielder pretend to field a ball to deceive the batter/runners?

In baseball, if a ball is hit, can a fielder such as the shortstop or third baseman pretend to have caught or fielded the ball to trick a runner into not running, or a batter into not advancing? ...
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How can I download a season Baseball Reference data with player IDs?

Is there a simple way to download a season of player data from Baseball-Reference.com that includes their player ID? I can download data with the player names, but I need the player ID they use to ...
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Is the runner hit by the ball out or safe?

Here is the situation we experienced in Little League baseball: The bases are loaded and the batter hits the ball down the third base line. All the base runners advance and score. But as the batter ...